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The meanings of our Holidays:
Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: literally meaning the “beginning (also head) [of] the year”).It also called the Feast of Trumpets in the Bible. It is also the start of the civil new year in Israel. Rosh Ha Shanah is celebrated on the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishri (September or October). It is the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days or, the Ten Days of Awe (Yamin Nora’im). The Blowing of the Shofar several times is characteristic in the holiday service. The sound of the shofar ( a ram’s horn) calls one to worship, introspection and repentance. While somber, the day is also joyful, in hope for a new year of God’s goodness and blessing. Dipping apples in honey is a tradition of the hope of a sweet new year.
“Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. ‘You shall not do any laborious work, but you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD.'”
“Shanah tovah”(שנה טובה)!
Yom Kippur means ‘Day of Atonement”. It is a day set aside to “afflict the soul” to reflect on one’s sins of the past year and seek forgiveness. Traditionally, people refrain from work and daily activities to gather in synagogues to observe this sacred holy day with fasting and prayer. Yom Kippur occurs on the 10th of Tishri following the Ten Days of Awe (or, Ten Days of Repentance). During the Ten Days of Awe, traditional says, that God’s Book of Life is open and each person’s name is inscribed for either a good year or a bad year, depending on one’s actions. Yom Kippur is a day to appeal for mercy from judgment. We, as Messianic believers, participate in this important Holy Day while acknowledging the atonement Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) has provided for us.
LEVITICUS 23: 26-32
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying. Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD. And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the LORD your God. For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. And whatsoever soul it be that does any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.”
Greetings for the day:“ G’mar Hatima Tova” (May you be sealed in the Book of Life), or the shorter version “G’mar Tov.” It is also customary to say “Have an easy fast” before the holiday begins. Yiddish is Gut Yuntiff (a good day).
Sukkot is also called the Feast of Tabernacles and begins on Tishri 15, five days following Yom Kippur. This is a transition from the solemn Ten Days of Awe to a joyous, seven-day festival of celebration. This week is also called, A Season of our Rejoicing. This festival is significant historically and agriculturally. We are to remember that our forefathers lived in “booths” or sukkot, when they came from Egypt and live in the desert for 40 years. Many families will be building their own sukkot, or booths, to gather with others and remember how God delivers and provided for His people in the past and throughout all generations. This holiday is also a celebration of the end of the harvest season in Israel; another name for this holiday is, the “Feast of Ingathering”
LEVITICUS 23: 42-43
You shall live in booths for seven days; all that are citizens in Israel shall live in booths, so that your generations may know that I made the people of Israel live in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.